Give it a Shot

I was invited to write a role for Dominic West in a new film being produced by Dana Brunetti…this is true…sorta.

OK, OK, here’s the realz:

There’s a competition called Jameson First Shot.  It’s been running for a few years and targets emerging filmmakers, particularly writer/directors.  Entrants must write and submit a script about the great and/or unexpected things that can happen when you fear less and let life in.  Each year a well known actor is involved and scripts must feature them in a key role – this year it’s Dominic West.  Three winners get to direct their films with the help of Dana Brunetti, his team and Mr West – wouldn’t that be sweet?

Judging by the track record of previous winners I don’t expect to be selected.  However, I do think I have a supah script and even if nothing happens, it’s been time well spent:

I had a writing brief and a deadline to work towards.  Now I have a script ready to develop and a point of conversation if I ever find myself in an elevator with Dana or Dominic.

Be a producer

You don’t have to sit around waiting for someone to give you a role.  My buddy Rob Oldfield is a great example of this – he’s made a number of short films to showcase his talents and ideas.  I’ve been involved in a few of them and this week he had a role for me in his latest short film, “Josh”, which sits in the suspense/horror genre (he’s a big fan).

I play a ghoulish character, but can’t share much more just yet (Rob wants to avoid spoilers).  The ‘set-selfie’ above is of Rob and Jean Wong (DOP) – lots of fun working with these guys.

We wrapped after the last tube, so I had to catch two buses home.  No, I didn’t catch a cab – I’m a ‘brassic’ actor.  Home by 02:00 then up again at 06:00 to get to a marquee job in Wimbledon…thinking I should follow Rob’s example more.

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Good things come…

Yes, those elusive photos have arrived and I think they look supah.  Check out Gordon’s fandabulous work at gordonrolandpeden.com.

Gordon and I did another shoot on Thursday: black valour jacket with a burgundy background – rather dapper I say, I say! I’ll share those when they make their way to me.

[High res versions of the shots above are available on Spotlight – top menu]

Steps in the right direction

I said I was going to explore doing more work with students so I got in touch with the 4 major film schools in London (Central Film School, London Film School, Met Film School and NFTS) to offer my services.

Hey presto: this week I was invited in for a table read of scripts with the 6th term students at LFS.  Three actors read three scripts and then we all discussed the writing – what we thought it was trying to achieve, what it did and didn’t give us, where it was strong or where we felt it was lacking.

The class was led by Katie Rae who is incredibly insightful and I picked up a load of gems to apply to my own writing.

Totally up for more….pamparapapaaAAH, onwards and upwards we go.